Ask stupid questions and you'll get a stupid answers, was: Technological advantages over Linux

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at
Sun Jul 26 16:01:51 UTC 2020

On 7/26/20 10:56 AM, Valeri Galtsev wrote:
> On 7/26/20 10:52 AM, Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
>> On Sun, 26 Jul 2020 10:39:16 -0500
>> Valeri Galtsev <galtsev at> wrote:
>>> My understanding of Linux OOM killer lies along same lines though my
>>> understanding is much more simplified: kill minimal number of processes
>>> to recover maximum amount of resources.
>>     Not always the right thing to do though.
>>> Another speculative way to say
>>> it would be: process owning maximum amount of RAM that keeps allocating
>>> more RAM is first candidate.
>>     What a pity if that is the heavy weight analytic program that has a
>> run time of several hours/days and is the only thing that matters running
>> on the system.
> And yes, I agreed with your sentiments (or judgement): killing a process 
> is a bad thing always. Agreed before writing any of my comments.

Even though that heavy weight program that runs for multiple days must 
have been saving checkpoints which you can restart it from, so you only 
loose time from last checkpoint, I still agree with you: killing 
anything is a bad thing to do.


> Valeri

Valeri Galtsev
Sr System Administrator
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
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